Is this year Arsenal’s best chance to win the Champions League?

Arsenal head to Paris to face up against PSG today in the club’s opening Champions League fixture of the campaign. The Gunners are in for tough test in their first away game and many are wondering how Arsenal will match up against the French champions.

According to Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger, he believes this year may be Arsenal’s best opportunity to win the Champions League, but not necessarily his last chance to win the competition.

Arsenal v PSG – Both seems seem nervous, but we can win it!

Arsenal travel to France today for a game at the Parc de Princes in Paris, to match up against Paris Saint Germain in the opening round of Champions League fixtures for the group stage. Arsenal have been given the Champions of Ligue 1 as a tough first test in the club’s champions league campaign and it is set up to be a truly great fixture.

Both sides seem well prepared for the match, with both players and managers coming out to give their perspective on the fixture, but it also seems that both sides are feeling pretty nervous going into the match.

Wenger on why Arsenal can NOW compete in Europe

Arsenal have learned to our cost in recent years that finishing second in a Champions League group, despite being better than not getting out of the group at all, often means that you are drawn against a European giant like Bayern Munich or Barcelona in the next round.

So with our main rivals for top spot this year being PSG, the injury and form problems affecting the French champions at the minute is a big boost to our UCL campaign. Even without that, however, Arsene Wenger feels that the current Arsenal squad is better equipped to compete in this elite competition.

PSG problems give Arsenal HUGE Champions League boost

Despite Arsenal having a fine and enviable record of qualifying for the Champions League group stage and then getting past that and into the knockout phase, there is no getting around the fact that we have not reached the business end of the European cup for way too long.

That has been mainly due to the fact we have been runners up rather than topping the group, although even when we got the great draw of Monaco from the winners’ pot we managed to muck it up. With clubs like Barcelona and Bayern Munich expected to win their groups it is a massive advantage to win our own and avoid them and this year has given Arsenal a great chance to do it.

Arsenal team for Southampton a BIG risk from Wenger?

While most Arsenal fans have been looking forward to seeing the two late transfer signings in action after the international break, I am not so sure that too many of us would have started with both MUstafi and Lucas Perez against Southampton today.

Mustafi is not such a surprise but to see the Spaniard start in the centre forward position with Olivier Giroud as well as Alexis Sanchez on the bench seems to be a bit of a risk. There is no Granit Xhaka either, and the manager hinted before the game that energy levels after international duty may have been the reason behind his surprise team selection.

NO Alexis Sanchez as Arsenal face 4 games in 10 days

Even though Arsene Wenger has declared himself happy with what Arsenal were able to do in the summer transfer market this year, spending more than ever to bring in Lucas Perez, Mustafi, Holding, Xhaka and Asuno to strengthen the squad in key areas, the international break did not come at a very good time for us.

The boss told Arsenal Player that it would have been nice if the Gunners were able to carry on where we left off with the fluency and penetration we saw away to Watford but he does believe that our squad now has the quality and quantity that we need to fight on the four fronts of the Premier League, Champions League, FA cup and the EFL cup.

Arsenal boss looking for weakness as Man Utd host Man City

The Manchester derby is clearly the big match of the Premier League weekend, but Arsene Wenger has got his own things to worry about as he prepares the Arsenal squad for the visit of Southampton to the Emirates stadium today.

It is a game that the Gunners need to win and one from which we expect to take all three points, especially aftyer their slow start to life under the new manager Claude Puel. But the fact that he knows Wenger from his time in charge of Monaco may just give Puel a helping hand and we cannot afford to take this game lightly.

Wenger feeling more confident than usual about Arsenal

Even though the summer transfer window that has just closed felt to Arsenal fans at times as though we were stuck in a time loop and that Arsene Wenger was being his stubborn old self and refusing to accept the weaknesses in the Arsenal squad that everyone but him could see, we did get there in the end.

In fact, you could say that by spending close to £100 million and adding the experienced German international centre back Shkodran Mustafi and the Spanish striker Lucas Perez to his early capture of the impressive looking central midfielder Granit Xhaka, Wenger has done what many Arsenal fans have been calling for and strengthened the spine of the team in three key areas.

BOTH new Arsenal transfers set for debut against Southampton?

With Arsenal suffering our usual rotten luck with injury problems already at this early stage of the season, especially in the defensive areas where Arsene Wenger has been without Gabriel and Per Mertesacker since before the new Premier League campaign even kicked off, it was always likely that the new centre back Shkodran Mustafi would make his debut for Arsenal against Southampton.

It was far less clear whether the other late addition from the transfer market would play, especially with Olivier Giroud having proved his fitness and scored a goal for France over the international break, but I think that Lucas Perez could well feature against the Saints tomorrow.

Howe not interested in Arsenal job……… for now!

Yesterday it was reported that Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe was in contention of being a top candidate for the Arsenal job, after Arsene Wenger eventually leaves his post at the club. Arsenal fans have debated the possibility of having the likes of Simeone and Low at the helm of Arsenal football club, but it is a manager closer to home that may be the firm favourite for the position come May.